Theoretical models of the nature of prayer and health: A review

  title={Theoretical models of the nature of prayer and health: A review},
  author={Michael J. Breslin and Christopher Alan Lewis},
  journal={Mental Health, Religion \& Culture},
  pages={21 - 9}
There is increasing interest in the empirical effects of prayer on health. However, little attention has been paid to the theoretical causal mechanisms by which health may be affected by prayer. A critical examination of extant literature on the psychology of prayer was conducted to identify potential ways in which prayer may act to promote health. The review suggested that an array of prayer types exist ranging from prayers of attunement to petitionary prayers. Additionally, prayer may affect… 
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